Orphan Alenna Shawcross has never really felt at home in the UNA, but she still never expected to be sent to the Wheel – an island prison for kids who don’t pass the government’s personality test.
Life expectancy on the Wheel is short, but Alenna is rescued by a warrior girl named Gadya who takes her to the island’s only autonomous colony (every other part of the island is controlled by the mysterious Monk, worshipped as a God by his large army of drones). In the colony, Alenna meets Liam and joins up with a group of hunters who are on a mission to find the truth at the heart of the island.
FORSAKEN gets the Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for action because the pages teem with well-executed fight scenes. There’s a palpable sense of danger – and no characters are safe. There are also quite a few nice surprises, such as the identity of the Monk and the real purpose of the Wheel.
Alenna has a definite case of insta-love for Liam, but the romance element is very toned down here, making this a good recommendation for boys who enjoyed THE HUNGER GAMES and/or LEGEND (Marie Lu) and are looking for a read-alike.
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